The Stone Diaries

The Stone Diaries

infobox Book |
name = The Stone Diaries
title_orig =
translator =

image_caption = First Canadian edition
author = Carol Shields
illustrator =
cover_artist = Andrea Pinnington (design); David Purdie (photography)
country = Canada
language = English
series =
genre =
publisher = Random House of Canada
release_date = 1993
english_release_date =
media_type =
pages = 361 pp
isbn = ISBN 0-394-22362-4
preceded_by =
followed_by =

"The Stone Diaries" is a 1993 award winning novel by Carol Shields.

It is the fictional autobiography about the life of Daisy Goodwill Flett, a seemingly ordinary woman whose life is marked by death and loss from the beginning, when her mother dies during childbirth. Through marriage and motherhood, Daisy struggles to find contentment, never truly understanding her life's true purpose.

The book's title may have been inspired by Pat Lowther's poetry collection "A Stone Diary" (1977). Lowther's murder in 1975 was the inspiration for Shields' earlier novel "" (1987).

Awards and nominations

"The Stone Diaries", which is Shields' most famous novel, won the 1993 Governor General's Award for English language fiction in Canada and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in the United States. It is currently the only novel to have won both awards, because being an American-born naturalized Canadian, Shields was eligible for both.

It also won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize.

External links

* [ Men and Women, Forever Misaligned:] Review by the NYTimes
* [ page on the novel]
* [ Photos of the first edition of The Stone Diaries]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Vampire Diaries (season 2) — The Vampire Diaries Season 2 USA DVD box cover Country of origin United States …   Wikipedia

  • List of The Vampire Diaries characters — The season two cast of the show. (front from left to right) Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder. (background from left to right) Zach Roerig, Kat Graham, Michael Trevino, Sara Canning, Matt Davis, Steven R. McQueen and Candice Accola. The… …   Wikipedia

  • The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love —   …   Wikipedia

  • The McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award — is associated with and was established in 1988. It is presented to the Manitoba writer whose adult English language book is judged the best written. The author receives a cash award of $5,000, donated by McNally Robinson Booksellers. Winners… …   Wikipedia

  • The Color Purple — For other uses, see The Color Purple (disambiguation). The Color Purple   …   Wikipedia

  • The Hold Steady — en el Tribeca Film Festival 2008 Datos generales Origen …   Wikipedia Español

  • The Speaker's House — is a historical museum located in Trappe, PA that preserves the home of Frederick August Muhlenberg, the First and Third Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.History of the Muhlenberg HouseOverview of the Muhlenberg House: From… …   Wikipedia

  • The Diary of Alicia Keys — Studio album by Alicia Keys Released Dece …   Wikipedia

  • The Angel of the West Window — is a novel written in 1927 by Gustav Meyrink (original German title: Der Engel vom westlichen Fenster ) steeped in alchemical, hermetic, occult and mystical imagery and ideas interweaving the life of Elizabethan Magus Dr John Dee with that of a… …   Wikipedia

  • The Burroughs File — is a collection of short fiction and non fiction writings by Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs covering a period of more than 20 years. The collection was first published in 1984.The book incorporates several smaller collections that… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.